Guineans are fun-loving and spirited people. They are also very keen on preserving their beliefs, which is evident in all the festivities and religious practices they observe. Many of the celebrations and holidays are centered on Islamic rites, as well as ethnic traditions. Festivals are often held in Conakry, the capital. In addition to celebrations that coincide with the Muslim calendar, there are cultural events which are great opportunities to celebrate diversity in the country.
Kini Afrika or Festival des Arts de Conte
This festival is an explosive display of classic Guinean drama, performed by the country’s most talented authors and wordsmiths. It is a week-long celebration of street art, where storytellers, journalists, poets, and writers entertain the crowds by reciting their works. People also gather to indulge in oratory practices and debates. Conferences coincide with workshops, cultivating interest in the written and spoken word. This arts festival often takes place in the last week of April.
Macao Arts Festival
The Macao Festival is held in March-April and one of the most highly anticipated events of the year based on an old legend about a hunter’s search for a drumming monkey. The event is celebrated with a circus, where a great mix of acts based on native traditions are performed by a group of acrobats, jugglers, dancers, and musicians.
Festival International Kora et Cordes de Conakry
Festival International Kora et Cordes de Conakry is an annual musical event and the largest in Conakry. Performers and personalities play all genres on makeshift street platforms and in large venues. This long-standing tradition commemorates the contributions of Guinean artists to the performance arts and is celebrated on the first week of December.